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  Asked By: Keon    Date: Aug 02    Category: MOSS    Views: 994

I have a few basic questions about MOSS 2007 products and pricing and hope
someone in this forum can point me to the right direction.

1. office.microsoft.com/.../FX102176831033.aspx lists
prices for different servers:
MOSS 2007 $4424
MOSS 2007 for Search Standard $8213
MOSS 2007 for Search Enterprise $57670

I am sure that we don't need the "Seach Enterprise" version. But what's the
difference between MOSS 2007 and MOSS 2007 for Search Standard? Shouldn't the
standard MOSS 2007 already include some basic search functions?

There is one Q&A on this site:
, "In addition, you can upgrade from SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Standard
or Enterprise edition to SharePoint Server 2007 if you wish to take advantage of
the enhanced search and integrated information management functionalities
provided by SharePoint Server 2007.". I am really confused: I thought the price
tag $4424 is cheaper than the Search Standard version.

2. Does anyone know if there is a discount for 2007 upgrade if we have
SharePoint 2003 Portal server?



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Cade Velazquez     Answered On: Aug 02

1. MOSS 2007 already includes all of the Search functionality. MOSS 2007
for Search is for users that ONLY want the search component. If you are
wondering about the price difference that you are seeing, you are comparing the
MOSS 2007 server license which is for internal use only and requires CALs for
all users while the Search licenses you are viewing do not require CALs. The
MOSS equivalent license is called MOSSFIS (MOSS For Internet Sites) and is
significantly higher than the ~$4500 price tag you have shown.

2. If you have SPS 2003 with Software Assurance, then there is an upgrade
path available. However, if you have SPS2003, there is no 'upgrade' license
available that I'm aware of. Maybe others can provide additional insight.

Answer #2    Answered By: Ariana Christensen     Answered On: Aug 02

Has anybody been in the position to chose SharePoint Search over Live

What would be the benefits of doing this? We just launched our
SharePoint Search page and we have a staff member who is getting ready
to research replacing it with Live.

Answer #3    Answered By: Darrius Whitfield     Answered On: Aug 02

So, is that right that I can have these options:

1. MOSSFIS: $40943 - this allows a full MOSS functionality including search,
and free Internet access for all my users.

2. MOSS: $4424 + MOSS Standard CAL $94/each user outside of the firewall +
FREE/each user inside of the firewall.

Both the above options allow users to access all functionality, not restricted
ONLY to the search?

3. MOSS 2007 for Search Standard $8213 + 0 CAL. This allows my external users to
access the site for ONLY search? Not other (collaboration, content management,

Answer #4    Answered By: Adrienne Greene     Answered On: Aug 02

I'm pretty sure that Option 2 you list requires CALs for ALL users, inside
and outside your firewall.

Answer #5    Answered By: Joshuah Huber     Answered On: Aug 02

That said, the 'simple rule' of thumb we took away from endless meetings
with MS was that:

If your company is using MOSS, all employees need a CAL regardless of
the method of access.

If the public wants to see your site, you need the internet license as

Answer #6    Answered By: Ciara Collier     Answered On: Aug 02

This is where the licensing gets a little hairy. I'm not sure why Microsoft
made the SharePoint licensing so difficult to comprehend, but I'm willing to bet
it has something to do with money...

1. MOSSFIS is for external facing sites only. This can be anonymous or
authenticated users that are not employees. This license cannot be used for
employee-only use (i.e. large Intranets / Extranets).

2. MOSS + CALs. This is for employees only. MOSS Server license + Standard CAL
+ Enterprise CAL for full MOSS functionality. (note the additive Standard +
Enterprise CAL model). You can use just Standard CAL but for full functionality
you need both CALs for each user accessing Enterprise features.

3. MOSS for Search Standard. Search ONLY. No collab, CMS, or anything. Also,
Standard is up to 500,000 docs. MOSS for Search Enterprise is unlimited docs.

So, if you want one MOSS farm to run Internet site, Extranet site, and Intranet
site, you basically need the following licenses:

* Microsoft Office SharePoint Server license (listed in #2 above)

* Microsoft Office SharePoint Server CAL Standard for all employees
accessing MOSS (listed in #2 above)

* Microsoft Office SharePoint Server CAL Enterprise (if appropriate) for
all employees accessing Enterprise features (listed in #2 above)

* Microsoft Office SharePoint Server for Internet sites (MOSSFIS)
(listed in #1 above)

Please note that this is only the SharePoint side of the equation. You also
need appropriate SQL and Windows licensing (and CALs where appropriate).
Finally, if your organization happens to be a charity (501(c)3), then you get a
huge discount!

I hope that this was at least somewhat useful.

Answer #7    Answered By: Keenan Whitehead     Answered On: Aug 02

1) has changed recently,
px. Previously you couldn't use MOSSFIS on a farm unless 100% of the content
was available anonymously. That is no longer the case. You can now use it on
the same farm as one that uses CALs.

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